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Around Campus: MFA's Hippie Chic Exhibit Open Until November 11

9/9/2013

The Museum of Fine Arts hosts Hippie Chic until November 11, 2013.

Hippie Chic explores how the cultural revolution of the 1960's insects with fashion -- eschewing the trend-makers on the runways and instead looking to the youth on the street for inspiration.

From the MFA:

"The 1960s saw a revolution in fashion that was born, like most things new and hip in that era, of youth rebellion in the streets. For the first time, designers didn't dictate the trends. Instead, they trickled up into the top fashion houses, Halston and Yves Saint Laurent among them, by way of bohemian boutiques and avant-garde labels with names like Granny Takes a Trip and Cosmic Couture, and musicians like the Beatles, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix. Defying easy definition but becoming an international phenomenon all the same, hippie fashion twisted and turned from trippy to retro and crafty to ethnic. The accompanying idea that one can express a personal style with clothing went against everything about the previous generation's notion of matching suits or ladylike ensembles dictated by social class or profession....Hippie Chic...goes past peace signs and patchouli to unearth how hippies forever changed the way fashion functions."

Simmons participates in the University Membership Program, and encourages undergraduate and graduate students to visit the museum free of charge with your Simmons ID.

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